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What is the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina?
July 17, 2017
-   All states have economic development organizations, but their structures differ. Most handle economic development activity through a public agency, often under the executive branch of government. North Carolina is one of a growing number of states taking a different approach. Four years ago, the state created the Economic Development...

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Resources for Small Business and Entrepreneurs
July 13, 2017
- PCC Fall Small Business Seminars 2017 July 25 – Best Businesses to Start Right Now 6pm -9pm This seminar is designed for people who want to start a business but don’t know how to decide what type. You will get help understanding how to decide what type of business...

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Economic Development Update for July 10, 2017
July 11, 2017
-   Just after noon today, the Person County Board of Commissioners appointed 7 citizens to serve on the newly-reconstituted Person County Economic Development Commission, hereinafter referred to as EDC. The EDC includes 7 members from the community along with a representative member of the Person County Board of Commissioners for a total...

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Tourism - The Purest Form of Economic Development
July 3, 2017
- “Economic development,” in its purest form, is the process of improving the quality of life for citizens by increasing the local tax base and economic well-being of the community. Of course, this is done by fostering and promoting investment in communities, which leads to additional jobs, which results...

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Strengthening the Workforce - A PCC Legacy
June 26, 2017
- As my days as President of Piedmont Community College draw to an end, I find myself reflecting on the accomplishments of the College during these past few years. There is one area of accomplishment that I am very proud of and it is the way the College has responded to...

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Economic Development: A Three-Legged Stool
June 19, 2017
- Economic Development Is a Three-Legged Stool When most people think about economic development and job creation, they focus on recruiting new companies to their county or community. That is an important and highly visible part of economic development, and why developers must spend a great deal of time compiling data...

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A Message from the Director
June 12, 2017
-   We have just completed our most recent blog series on the top 10 factors for economic development according to a survey of site development consultants published in Area Development Magazine in 2016¹. Last month, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership held its 2017 State of the Region Event at Duke Performing Arts...

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Site Selection Factors Series: State and Local Incentives
June 5, 2017
- Understanding North Carolina’s Financial Incentives   Few aspects of economic development are more poorly understood than financial incentives. Much of the public believes that when the State of North Carolina offers a Job Development and Investment Grant (JDIG) or an award from the One North Carolina Fund to...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #10 Utilities - Availability and Cost
May 30, 2017
- Broadband as a Utility   image of the Mt. Tirzah communications tower during installation According to the FCC and our court system, broadband is a utility, which means that it is as necessary for modern life as electricity, phone, and water. Person County is taking steps to ensure that...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #10 Energy Availability and Costs
May 15, 2017
-   The 10th most important factor for Person County’s economic development success, according the Area Development Magazine 2016, is the energy availability and cost that will be required to power the manufacturing facility or business. Only a few years ago, the energy availability and cost site selection factor was...

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